I've always had a thing for analogies, parables, and the like. As teaching tools, they use every-day situations and ideas to explain complex principles, making those complex ideas a whole lot easier to understand. Often, they can explain ideas that would otherwise be nigh impossible to explain accurately.
Jesus, Himself, used
parables all the time in His teaching. Sometimes this was to make the
teaching of a certain principle easier. But often He didn't give an
explanation. He simply allowed people to take from the "nice story" what
they would- an act of mercy, given that we are each held accountable
for following the doctrines we understand.
The first in this series was about ducks. The second one was about medicine.. and salvation.
I realized that we were at totally
different places when it came to understanding math. My math papers
probably had more letters than numbers, and if I'd shown them to a 3rd
grader or even this other classmate, they probably would wonder what I
was talking about- "There are no numbers, therefore it can't possibly be
math!" But having learned everything up to that point- multiplication
tables, division, fractions, algebra, geometry... I understood that
sometimes, letters and pictures DO have a place in mathematics.
in high school, there is no clearly defined hierarchy of spiritual
understanding... but I firmly believe it exists. There are churches that
teach only the most basic and simple doctrines, ideas, and practices
that are required for salvation. There are churches whose teachings are a
little deeper, requiring a little more effort to learn, understand, and
apply. Then there are churches whose teachings, when compared to the
most basic and simple doctrines.. don't even look like the same
thing!.... Works and faith really do both have a place in obtaining